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Read Pete Davidson’s Poignant Remarks on ‘SNL’ Opening


“Saturday Night Live” host Pete Davidson addressed “horrific images and stories from Israel and Gaza” in deeply personal remarks during the first minutes of the new episode of the long-running sketch show.

Davidson’s moving comments focused particularly on the children who suffered from the conflict.

Davidson spoke about his personal connection to tragedy and terrorism following the death of his father, New York City firefighter Scott Davidson, in the September 11 attacks.

Read his full statement below.

This week we have seen horrific images and stories from Israel and Gaza. And, I know what you’re thinking, who better to comment on this than Pete Davidson? (laugh)

Well, in many ways, I’m a good person to talk about it because when I was seven years old, my father was killed in a terrorist attack. So I know something about what it is.

I saw so many terrible photos this week of children suffering – Israeli children and Palestinian children – and it took me back to a really horrible, horrible place. No one in this world deserves to suffer, especially children.

After my father died, my mother tried just about everything she could to cheer me up. I remember one day when I was eight years old, she gave me what she thought was a Disney movie, but it was actually Eddie Murphy’s stand-up special, “Delirious.” We played it in the car on the way home and when she heard what Eddie Murphy was saying she tried to take it away. But then she noticed something, for the first time in a long time, I was laughing again.

I don’t understand. Truly not. I will never do it. But sometimes comedy really is the only way out of tragedy.

My heart goes out to everyone whose lives were destroyed this week. But tonight, I’m going to do what I’ve always done in the face of tragedy: try to be funny. Remember I said to try. And live from New York, it’s Saturday evening.

“SNL” returned with Davidson as host after a months-long delay due to the writers’ strike. Davidson was scheduled to host the event in May before the strike began.


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